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ICC U-19 World Cup 2014: England, West Indies advance to quarter-final

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England and West Indies won their matches with ease in ICC U-19 World Cup 2014 © Getty Images (Representational photo)

Dubai: Feb 18, 2014

England and the West Indies advanced to the quarter-finals of the ICC U-19 World Cup 2014 when they comfortably won their decisive Group C and D matches respectively on Tuesday.

England overcame Sunday’s heart-breaking loss to Sri Lanka by bouncing back to defeat New Zealand by 115 runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, while 2004 runner-up West Indies beat Canada by 63 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 1.

In the other matches, two-time runner-up South Africa recorded an easy seven wickets victory over Zimbabwe at Zayed Cricket Stadium and 2000 finalist Sri Lanka defeated United Arab Emirates (UAE) by eight wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Tuesday’s results mean that from Group C, South Africa and West Indies have progressed to the Super League quarter-finals while Canada and Zimbabwe will feature in the Plate Championship and from Group D, Sri Lanka and England will appear in the Super League quarter-finals while New Zealand and the UAE will play in the Plate Championship.

The winner of Pakistan-Scotland match will join defending champion India in the Super League quarter-finals from Group A, whereas any of the two teams from Afghanistan, Australia and Bangladesh can qualify for the Super League quarter-finals from Group B.

The feature of Tuesday’s matches were magnificent unbeaten centuries from South Africa captain Aiden Markram (120 not out) and Sri Lanka opener Hashan Dumindu (113 not out), while South Africa’s Yaseen Valli also maintained his excellent batting form with 53 not out against Zimbabwe.

Brett Randell was one of the star bowlers of the day when he returned figures of three for 57, but ended up on the losing side as England defeated New Zealand by 115 runs.

England was extremely severe in the last 10 overs which yielded 100 runs, including 57 off the final five 5 overs.

In its chase, New Zealand was rocked by fast bowlers Matthew Fisher and Jack Winslade, and spinners Rob Sayer and Rob Jones as it was bundled out for 114 in 36.1 overs.

Fisher was the pick of England bowlers when he finished with three for 18, while Winslade picked up wickets off successive deliveries to end up with two for 23. Sayer, with his off-spinners, bagged two for 21 and wrist-spinner Jones claimed two for 33.

Markram was in a punishing mood as he clobbered 13 fours and a six in his 120 not out as South Africa achieved a modest 199-run target in 39 overs to beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets.

Brief Scores:

Group C:  West Indies 289 for 4 in 50 overs (Tagenarine Chanderpaul 93, Nicolas Pooran 67*, Jeremy Solozano 50, Shimron Hetmyer 39; Keenan Tinto 2 for 64) beat  Canada 226 all out in 49.3 overs (Nikhil Dutta 62, Nitish Kumar 50; Ramaal Lewis 2 for 44, Ray Jordan 2 for 44)  by 64 runs.

Group C:  Zimbabwe 198 in 50 overs (Luke Jongwe 55; Justin Dill 4 for 35, Kagiso Rabada 2 for 47) lost to South Africa 199 for 3 in 39 overs (Aiden Markram 120*,Yaseen Valli 53*) by 7 wickets.

Group D:  England 229-8 in 50 overs (Ryan Higgins 83, Joe Clarke 33, Will Rhodes 31, Harry Finch 30; Brett Randell 3 for 57) beat New Zealand 114 in 36.1 overs (Raki Weerasundara 41; Matthew Fisher 3 for 18) by 116 runs.

Group D: UAE  205 in 47.5 overs (Shorye Chopra 69; Binura Fernando 2 for 38, Harsha Rajapaksha 2 for 40, Anuk Fernando 2 for 43) lost to Sri Lanka 206-2 in 43.1 overs (Hashan Dumindu 113*, Kusal Mendis 45, Hashen Ramanayake 34*) by 8 wickets.

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